IPL 2023: “RCB Didn’t Deserve To Be In The Playoffs”- Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis

The skipper of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Faff de Plessis He claimed that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was not one of the best teams in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 and did not deserve to be in the playoffs.

In their final league match on Sunday 21 May at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB were beaten by Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans by six wickets, knocking them out of the ongoing T20 league.

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Gujarat Titans defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in their final 2023 IPL league match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. GT scored 198/4 in 19.1 overs, chasing a target of 198 runs, with Shubman Gill hammering the winning six. Gill hit the six after scoring 104 runs off 52 balls, including five fours and eight sixes.

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Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj claimed two wickets for RCB. Initially postponed due to weather, Virat Kohli led RCB to 197/5 in 20 overs with a 61-ball classic 101*, packed with 13 fours and a max. GT has already qualified for the playoffs and will finish the league phase at the top of the table.

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“We tried hard tonight but we came up short”- Faf du Plessis

Captain Faf du Plessis said that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was not one of the best teams in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 and therefore did not deserve to be in the playoffs.

“It’s difficult because we had high hopes in the last game. We knew we were playing a strong team tonight. After the momentum of the last two games, we were looking forward to making the playoffs with some good form behind us. Going into a game against a top team like GT, you have to be at the top of your own game.” Faf du Plessis said.

“We were not far. Shubman Gill played an incredible shot to get a hundred. It’s disappointing that our season ended here, but we had some really positives in Maxi’s form this year. Virat was amazing. The partnerships between me and Virat were incredible and that consistency was remarkable.” Faf du Plessis stated in RCB v GT Game Day Review.

“Siraj had a great campaign. There were also areas that we were consistently not very good at. If we look at ourselves, we’ll be honest in saying that we weren’t one of the best teams in the competition. We were lucky that there were very good performances throughout, but overall, we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. We tried really hard tonight, but we came up short.” Faf du Plessis added.

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Mumbai Indians joined the Titans, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) as the fourth team to advance to the playoffs as a result of the RCB loss.

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